Warm Weather Insect Advisory Issued

Thursday, May 17, 2018
The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department offers these precautions so residents can protect themselves, their families, neighbors and pets as the combination of increasingly warmer weather, people getting outside to enjoy it and rising insect populations brings potential for insect-borne diseases, also called vector-borne diseases. 
 
Tick-borne Diseases
Several varieties of ticks in our local area carry bacteria that can be transmitted through a tick bite. It is important to recognize these general symptoms and seek medical attention as soon as possible:
•         Fever and chills;
•         Aches, pains and fatigue, sometimes joint pain;
•         Rash, sometimes in unusual shapes like a “bull’s eye,” or spots that may appear elsewhere on the body or an ulcer at the bite site;
•         Some people will not develop rashes, but most do;
•         Rashes can occur within hours or up to 30 days after the tick bite.
 
Prevent tick-borne diseases by using insect repellent, avoid getting off trails and roads, and checking your entire body for ticks as soon as possible after being outdoors.
Check children, gear, and pets thoroughly. More in-depth descriptions and pictures can be found at cdc.gov/ticks.  
 
Mosquito-borne Diseases
Overall, mosquito-borne illnesses in Tennessee are rare. The greatest risk statewide is for West Nile virus, which can cause fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash, and in rare cases even death. 
 
Although the Zika virus is currently not established in our local area, two major concerns are contracting the illness while traveling to an affected region of the world, and the risk to the unborn babies of pregnant women. The virus is known to cause birth defects such as microcephaly, and also brain damage, seizures, or problems with vision and hearing. Zika virus is also transmitted through sexual fluids for up to 8 weeks by infected women and up to 6 months by infected men. Condoms should be worn during these time frames, even within monogamous relationships. The virus can also cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome in anyone.
 
To prevent mosquito bites, use insect repellent, wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible, and eliminate standing water on your property.
 
Parasites
While not a vector-borne disease, two intestinal parasites found locally that are of concern this time of year are Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Giardia may produce vomiting, chills, headache, or fever, while “Crypto” can cause watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, and headaches. Both can be treated with anti-parasitic medications. They can be prevented by filtering or boiling untreated water and avoid getting untreated water in your mouth and nose while swimming.
 
For more information, call our Environmental Health Services at 209-8110 or the Epidemiology section at 423-209-8190.

Tennessee Fish And Wildlife Commission's 1st 2019 Meeting To Be Held At Duck Unlimited Headquarters In Memphis

Egg Candling Classes Offered In Walker County On Feb. 13

AmeriCorps Stewards VISTA Position Announced For Lula Lake Land Trust


The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold its first 2019 meeting at the Ducks Unlimited National Headquarters in Memphis. The two-day meeting is set for Jan. 17-18 (Thursday-Friday). ... (click for more)

The Walker County Extension Office is hosting egg candling classes on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Walker County Ag. Center in Rock Spring. The Georgia Department of Agriculture will teach the ... (click for more)

Following what officials described as a "highly successful" three-year program with AmeriCorps, Lula Lake Land Trust has been granted a fourth, and final, year through the AmeriCorps Stewards ... (click for more)


Outdoors

Tennessee Fish And Wildlife Commission's 1st 2019 Meeting To Be Held At Duck Unlimited Headquarters In Memphis

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold its first 2019 meeting at the Ducks Unlimited National Headquarters in Memphis. The two-day meeting is set for Jan. 17-18 (Thursday-Friday). Committee meetings will start at 1 p.m. on Thursday. The regular commission meeting begins at 9 a.m., Friday. Among the items on this month’s agenda, is an update on chronic wasting ... (click for more)

Egg Candling Classes Offered In Walker County On Feb. 13

The Walker County Extension Office is hosting egg candling classes on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Walker County Ag. Center in Rock Spring. The Georgia Department of Agriculture will teach the class which is required to obtain an egg candling certificate. Anyone with a backyard flock who plans to sell eggs to individuals or at a farmer's market is required to have this certificate. ... (click for more)

Breaking News

City Council Approves M-1 Zoning For Harriet Tubman Site

The City Council on Tuesday night approved M-1 zoning for the 44-acre site of the former Harriet Tubman public housing project in East Chattanooga. Conditions include a list of unwanted industrial users that would not be allowed and the requirement of a transportation study before closing with a jobs prospect. Dumpsters would be at least 200 feet from a nearby home. Council ... (click for more)

Driver Flees From Collegedale Police; Runs Over Passenger Near Volkswagen; Caught At Shepherd Road

A driver sped off from Collegedale Police on Tuesday afternoon, then ran over a passenger who tried to get out of the speeding car, and finally was captured near Shepherd Road. The driver was identified as David Lee Stevens, 25, and the passenger as Joshua Lee Davis, 37. Stevens is facing multiple charges. The car chase started out on Little Debbie Parkway as a traffic stop ... (click for more)

Opinion

The Culture Of Policing In Chattanooga - And Response (3)

I totally agree with the sentiments expressed by Brenda Washington. Over the years, I have noticed that people tend to ignore or dismiss what she says, or attack her. This is unfortunate, because she is alerting people of the problems within the culture of policing in Chattanooga, whether it is in Hamilton County or the city of Chattanooga. There are good, honest police officers ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Best Olympics Story Ever

When I was in elementary school, there was an article in “Boys Life” magazine that introduced me to Jesse Owens, the great Olympic athlete who was far-and-away my favorite of all my childhood heroes. You’ll remember Hitler said Jesse was a member of the “United States Negro Auxiliary” at the 1936 Olympic Games because blacks were too inferior to be on the real U.S. team. You’ll ... (click for more)